Today I had planned to perform at two open mics, but the day ended up trailing down a completely different route haha. The open mic at Pete's Candy Store began their signup process at 4:30. I left the house 40 minutes early to make sure that I would be there on time. Guess what David did? TOOK THE WRONG TRAIN. I know, I know. In short, I showed up far too late to perform. Instead, I hung out on the back patio of Pete's with Michael Persall, Graham, and Allie. We had so much fun talking back and forth, making jokes, and having fun with "Instant Party." What is Instant Party, you may ask? Well, I'm still not completely sure. I guess it is something that the venue offers, where buyers can, for $40, buy 10 beers, and reserve a party of 10? Yeah, we ended up being the group of people that the venue asked to pose as the fake people who were drinking beers and taking shots at an Instant Party. Since I don't drink, I took shot of Coca-Cola, and pretended to sip the beer haha. Not gonna lie, we had a fun time pretending to engage in conversation and playing fake cards. While we were hanging out, Michael told me to check out a venue called, "The Village Underground." He told me that we could leave in like 30 minutes and make it in time to perform at the venue. I was down! Although I ended up getting hustled (not hustled, it's just that with a cover cost of $15 and a two drink minimum, with a bottle of water being $5 with) it was a great night! I was able to perform in front of at least 200 attentive listeners. The hosts were amazing too. Not only could they sing, but they started out the night by thanking God! I love when people openly give love to Christ and thank God for everything, ESPECIALLY in a diverse, secular city. The hosts also had some PIPES!
What Did I Learn Tonight?
Tonight, at Pete's, I was able to have a very in-depth conversation with Allie. We began to talk about why we do music, and our backgrounds. She then began to hit a key subject. She began to talk about how she doesn't understand why people want to be wanna be gangsters, to sing about a struggle that happened long ago. Of course, musicians can pay homage to the sacrifices that we given by those who came before them, but what she said really nailed it: "You see all these musicians doing drugs and rapping about being an original gangster, and some of these people were never even a part of that scene! Some people think that to produce genuine music, they have to "go back to the roots." No. Musicians fought those battles, and fought gender battles, and poverty battles, and race battles, so that we can be where we are, today. They did this for us. They overcame those hard obstacles to that we would not have to. So that we would not have to sing about that."